Event Raises $90K Safety Net for Struggling Restaurant Workers


The California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF) is proud to announce that this year’s The Grateful Table, the unique farm-inspired dinner that gives back to the hardworking people who run our communities’ restaurants – cooks, chefs, bussers, servers and dishwashers raised more than $90,000.

The Grateful Table, which raises much-needed dollars for restaurant workers who face unexpected hardship, was held on Saturday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center. Thanks to this event, now in its second year, California’s restaurant community raised more than $90,000 to benefit Restaurants Care, the program that helps restaurant workers who find themselves facing a financial emergency stemming from illness, accidents, and natural disasters, including two consecutive years of wildfires that displaced thousands of Californians.

Guests enjoyed a twilight reception, along with the culinary creations of celebrated chefs who are building a five-course menu.

Celebrated Chefs:

Penny Davidi – Food Network Star + Sysco Los Angeles
Katsuji Tanabe – The Nixon
Hector Zamora – Avenue of the Arts Hotel
Hugo Miranda –  Sonoma Grill
Denise Portillo – True Nourishment
Benjamin Udave –  Sysco Los Angeles
Gabriel Caliendo – Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

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